Think & Grow Rich – CHAPTER 6 – IMAGINATION: THE WORKSHOP OF THE MIND – The Fifth Step toward Riches

Each time I read this Chapter I am reminded how often we do not apply our Synthetic & Creative Imagination to our desires. In fact in many cases we have lost the ability to use either or both. These are my present thoughts after reading the Chapter. Do they stimulate you to Day Dream and let your Imagination paint pictures for you?



The Fifth Step toward Riches

We are not born with imagination but it develops very early in our childhood and needs to be stimulated for Hill tells us that if it is not used it will become dulled or inactive. Hill goes on to say that the Imagination is the Workshop of the Mind.

Impulses, Dreams and thoughts are transformed by the Imagination into Passionate Desires, are given shape, form and action.

Remember from the previous chapters that the Brain is both a Transmitting and Receiving Station for thoughts and the initiation of ‘hunches’ and inspirations, the communication path between the Mind of Man and the Ether, also other human brains.

The Imagination is divided into two distinct sections, Synthetic and Creative, they both need continuous use otherwise one or both become quiescent through inactivity. It does not however die and can be revived and made alert by stimulation and use.

SYNTHETIC IMAGINATION:—T his faculty allows the arrangement of old concepts, ideas, or plans into new combinations. This faculty creates nothing. It merely works with the material of experience, education, and observation with which it is fed. It is the faculty used most by the inventor, with the exception of the one who draws upon the creative imagination, when he cannot solve his problem through synthetic imagination.

CREATIVE IMAGINATION:—Through the faculty of creative imagination, the finite mind of man has direct communication with Infinite Intelligence.  It is the faculty through which “hunches” and “inspirations” are received. It is by this faculty that new ideas are handed over to man. Thought vibrations from the minds of others are received thus we may “tune in,” or communicate with the subconscious minds of other men, hence the conclusion in a previous chapter that output from two or more brains (Master Mind Group) is exponential and more productive overall.

The creative imagination works automatically but requires the conscious mind to be vibrating at an extremely rapid rate, as for example, when the conscious mind is stimulated through the emotion of a strong desire.

The transformation of our desires into plans and finally action is based on the use of the Synthetic Imagination, it is only when we encounter problems which can’t be solved and cause a staling of to our plan or actions that the Creative Imagination is called upon to play its part and provide a solution.

Small children seem to be blessed with vivid Imaginations, cardboard boxes become castles, cars, trucks, dolls houses, etc.. Hill tells us that whatever the Imagination can conceive man can create. Hill gives a number of examples, but I think that a further good example is Ford’s desire for a single casting of an engine block. It started as a hunch, but Fords passionate desire to have it was the driving force for the engineers to exhaust the available  Synthetic Imagination and then have to call upon Creative Imagination and possible increase of the Master Mind Group.

What was the secret ingredient added in the case of the Enchanted Kettle, was it achieved at the first attempt. How does a chef change a tried and tested recipe and produce a new and appealing dish for his public, creative imagination. There are so many examples of the use of both types of Imagination but we must always strive to keep both stimulated to obtain the maximum output for our business.

We have to be creative in our marketing and advertising but we also have to be creative in how we develop our relationships with our potential clients as well as our existing.

Thank you Michael and Linda for believing in us and what we are able create through the study of TGR as a Master Mind Group which stimulates both parts of our Imagination.


Mervyn Drury

Canberra ACT Australia


Think & Grow Rich – Chapter 5 – Specialized Knowledge – PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OR OBSERVATIONS – The Fourth Step toward Riches


Through out my life I have sort Knowledge both General, that learned at school, college and university, together with Specialized gained by research and the need to find solutions to problems not previously encountered. It is catalogued in my Brain and until resently not freely shared. Now I freely share all my knowledge and skills and teach it when ever possible. Do you give freely of your knowledge, we must for we can’t know everything.


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Hill divides Knowledge into two categories, General Knowledge and Specialized Knowledge.

General Knowledge is freely available, it is catalogued and well documented.  It is taught in our schools, colleges and Universities by people who have studied the catalogued and documented knowledge housed in libraries, whether Public or in centers of learning. These people earn monies for their teaching of knowledge but they do not have great riches. Therefore those who wish to gain general knowledge can obtain this in the main free from our public schools which provide free education however like so many things that are provide free they are not always used to full or best advantage and people often leave these institutions  having gained little knowledge.

There is a “missing link” in all systems of education known to civilization today,it is the failure of educational institutions to teach their students HOW TO ORGANIZE AND USE KNOWLEDGE AFTER THEY ACQUIRE IT. Therefore they cannot draw on the “Power” that Organized General Knowledge can impart.

In contrast Hill points out that Specialized Knowledge comes at a cost and is only sort by those who intend to use it to gain riches.

What is specialized knowledge? Knowledge that is derived from research and experimentation by person or persons who require the solution to problems where existing General Knowledge does not provide the required answers. Once this Specialized Knowledge is written down as documents and catalogued it becomes General Knowledge. Look at today’s school curriculums they contain education subjects that we were taught in high schools and colleges but are now contained in subjects taught in primary schools. Hence one persons mind is incapable of retaining even a small proportion of the total available general knowledge.

Many considered Henry Ford to be an uneducated man and even took him to task in court to prove it. However during the Court Hear Ford proved he was more educated than those who were accusing him. He pointed out that he certainly did not clutter his brain with trivialities which would not provide him with the answer to the problems facing him in producing an automobile. If he required the answer to such trivialities he had buttons on his desk which would bring the knowledge of another brain to answer the question.

What is Education, it comes from the Latin Word “educo,” meaning to educe, to draw out, to DEVELOP FROM WITHIN. An educated man is not, necessarily,one who has an abundance of general or specialized knowledge. An educated man is one who has so developed the faculties of his mind that he may acquire anything he wants, or its equivalent, without violating the rights of others.

 Henry Ford comes well within the meaning of this definition. He knew how to draw out the necessary knowledge from the “Master Mind Group” with which he surrounded himself. The situation was similar with Andrew Carnegie who knew nothing about steel making yet by drawing on the “specialized knowledge” of his Master Mind Group he built the biggest Steel Corporation in America.

Hill shows by the analogue of an electric battery where the output of a single cell is small but when two or more cells are combined the total output is greatly increased. Likewise when two or more brains are combined the overall output is greater, a new brain of greater capacity results.

To apply this to our business we have to realize that we do not have all the knowledge required and hence we must build a positive ‘Master Mind’ which can fill in the missing pieces and training necessary to build a successful MLM business but also change the overall person through personal development.

There are so many examples surrounding us today where general and specialized knowledge must come togther to build the modern high rise buildings, solve medical problems and diseases, etc. facing the whole world today. the starting point is general knowledge but specialized knowledge input is required to bring about a solution in most cases. Consider the case of the high rise building being erected on reclaimed land, they start as a dream, become a passionate desire of the originator and then become the final goal of a dedicated group of people from many disciplines and a vast combined knowledge, both general and specialized.

Thank you Michael and Linda for the foresight to develop this group, through the use of general and specialized knowledge, which teaches us ‘how to think and not what to think’ and apply it to our overall lives.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Think & Grow Rich – Chapter 4 – AUTO-SUGGESTION – THE MEDIUM FOR INFLUENCING THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND – The Third Step toward Riches

Do you use Auto-Suggestion to program negativity out of your life and substitute positve thoughts? Auto- Suggestion has been used for many centuries to program or reprogram people’s lives. It has been used for good and bad. Could you use the principle in your life to change a habit you wish to give up. My thoughts are contained below having read and re-read this chapter a number of times.




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A few years ago I was looking at CD’s which proclaimed that they could change your mind. I purchased some of these and now reading this chapter I realize that they were based on auto suggestion. They were backed by very soothing music with phrases repeated a number of times at a rate applicable to the music.

This was commercialized auto-suggestion. I find that the Auto-suggestion concept taught here at Mentoring for Free much more applicable to our reprogramming of our minds from negative attitudes which have existed since childhood until the present when we are changing the programming of our Subconscious Mind to thinking positive thoughts to promote riches.

The programming starts with the six steps in chapter two. Each step is designed to construct the final auto-suggestion which is read with emotion as step six, twice a day, once before retiring at night and also first thing on arising in the morning.

It is further suggested that written copies should be strategically placed so that they are viewed whenever possible during the waking hours. It is most important during the formulation of the written auto-suggestion that specific amounts of money are stated and also the dates when these will be required. Hill states that the Subconscious Mind does not respond to statements like “I want lots of money”.

Our self talk is the result of the six steps set out in Chapter 2 and enhances the reading aloud twice per day of our statement containing the amount of money we require, the dates when it is required and what we will give back in return for the money. Self Talk requires a minimum of 300 repetitions per day, however I aim for 500 or more.

Thank you Michael and Linda for teaching us “How to think and not what to think” and guiding our learning to develop relationships with people rather than trying to sell them something.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia

Think & Grow Rich – Chapter 3 – FAITH: VISUALIZATION OF, AND BELIEF IN ATTAINMENT OF DESIRE – The Second Step toward Riches

If we substitute the  word ‘Belief” for the word “Faith” then we all have a faith, whether it is power, money or a higher power that guides out lives. What guides yours?



The Second Step toward Riches

What is faith? Belief could be substituted for “faith”. We believe in many things, god, what a particular person tells us, in the love of the opposite sex, etc..  Therefore faith can be something seen or unseen. The ‘Seen’ is easier to have faith in, Jesus, whilst God has never been seen but many have faith in him and the teachings of his visible son.

Hill tells us that faith is the second step in transforming an idea, desire or dream into riches.  Barn’s burning desire was to become an associate of Edison. Originally he had no comprehension of how this would be achieved, but had faith and acted accordingly.

Faith can be productive or destructive, positive or negative depending on the outside influences, i.e. environment and people. It is important to realize that it is one of the three main driving forces, the others being love and sex, in the transmuting of any desire into riches.

As I continue to read and study Think and Grow Rich, I realize that my life has been made up of excuses and lies but because of their repetition they have become embedded in my subconscious mind to my detriment. They have built in me fears of failure along with a fear of success.  It is only now I realize the need to clear these out by self analysis and the use of large volumes of self talk.

Hill cites the Criminal, who is not born that way but associating with criminals and trusting them to know what is best in life, adopts their ways and the consequences.  It has been demonstrated in a number of programs, in a number of countries, that by changing the environment of these people and particularly their associates in the early stages, their whole life can be changed.

Our faith in what we achieve is based on our passionate desire, our self esteem, a never give up attitude, the faith in environment for positive support and a belief in a Higher Power (God) as our overall guiding light.

All great inventors, adventurers and entrepreneurs have great faith in that they will achieve, a never quit attitude and in many case powerful women to support them. A child learning to crawl or walk fails many times but does he give up, no, he tries again may be using another method.  I have watched my latest grandson learning to crawl; once he accomplished this he is now moving on to the walking stage.  Again try and try again there is no failure in his mind only faith that he will achieve the ultimate goal of walking.

To Michael and Linda thank you for your faith in the whole of the Mental Cleanse Group. To Ben and Shelly for your past and on going support and to the whole of the 30 Day Mental Cleanse Group for your insights through the Lesson Plans that are prepared with love and care each week.

Blessings to you all.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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Think and Grow rich – Chapter 2 – DESIRE – The Starting Point of All Acheivement



The First Step toward Riches

Every time I read this chapter I end up with the best of intentions. It is no good having a passionate desire if you do not follow the steps contained in this chapter. These being:

‘The method by which DESIRE for riches can be transmuted into its financial
equivalent, consists of six definite, practical steps, viz:

First. Fix in your mind the exact amount of money you desire. It is not sufficient
merely to say “I want plenty of money.” Be definite as to the amount. (There is
a psychological reason for definiteness which will be described in a subsequent

Second. Determine exactly what you intend to give in return for the money you
desire. (There is no such reality as “something for nothing.)

Third. Establish a definite date when you intend to possess the money you

Fourth. Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire, and begin at once,
whether you are ready or not, to put this plan into action.

Fifth. Write out a clear, concise statement of the amount of money you intend
to acquire, name the time limit for its acquisition, state what you intend to
give in return for the money, and describe clearly the plan through which you
intend to accumulate it.

Sixth. Read your written statement aloud, twice daily, once just before retiring
at night, and once after arising in the morning. AS YOU READ—SEE AND

It is important that you follow the instructions described in these six steps. It
is especially important that you observe, and follow the instructions in the sixth
paragraph. You may complain that it is impossible for you to “see yourself in
possession of money” before you actually have it. Here is where a BURNING
DESIRE will come to your aid. If you truly DESIRE money so keenly that your
desire is an obsession, you will have no difficulty in convincing yourself that
you will acquire it. The object is to want money, and to become so determined
to have it that you CONVINCE yourself you will have it.’

In my case I can and have followed the steps initially with passion but it is the sixth step that becomes my downfall every time. I have trouble convincing myself of actually seeing the object of my passion although every day it is the upper most desire in my thoughts.

Hill’s examples are really inspirational to me and I am committed to not give up on my passionate desires and I will continue to pursue them and never quit. It is the need to increase my faith and emotional commitments to the desires and certainly not look back for I have burnt bridges in getting to where I am.

Thank you all for my journey so far particularly to Michael and Linda and also Ben who at times brings me back to my passionate desires.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia.

Thoughts are Things – Think and Grow Rich – Personal Lesson




Hill’s opening statement is really powerful, he states ‘TRULY, “thoughts are things,” and powerful things at that, when they are mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a BURNING DESIRE for their translation into riches, or other material objects.

About a year and a half ago I had thoughts of finding my Family in England who I had lost contact with some 25 years ago. My thoughts revolved around what were their present circumstances and would they allow me back into their lives. I made half hearted attempts at finding them but it was during a Salvation Army meeting during Christmas 2011 that I finally to action. I wrote down that I would spend time and money to find them.

I tried a number of agencies with little success but my desire had now become with determination, persistence and faith that I would find them. I finally found a source of information which allowed me to search the electoral rolls of England. I began with the latest and worked backwards. No record of my Daughter until 2004. So what happened in 2004, her husband was still there and also my Grandson?  I obtained a phone number and rang it, the call was answered by a lady definitely not my Daughter. I asked for her and the phone was handed to the person who I knew as my Son-in-Law.

He explained the disappearance of my Daughter from the Electoral Roll due to the fact that they had divorced in 2004. He gave me contact details for my Daughter and this allowed me to make contact and my passionate desire became a reality.
This has lead to exchanges via email, Skype and telephone until about six weeks ago I flew to England for a reunion with my Daughter. At that time I knew that my Son lived some distance away but whether there would be a reunion with him and his family was not certain, although it was my passionate desire.

My Son did for fill this other passionate desire and the whole family was once more united. I believe that this illustrates the whole process from thought, through passionate desire to the final materialization of the thought.

Thank you to everyone in this group for it is your encouragement that made this possible.

Mervyn Drury

Canberra, ACT, Australia.

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My Personal Development Journey

Some three years ago I was struggling with my personal life as well as my business life. Things were not going well and I knew something had to change.

I was introduced to a small book “Success in Ten Steps” written by Michael Dlouhy which examined the business side of my problem and convinced me that the MLM Company with which I am associated is the right one for me and is a well established and reputable company which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and has been for a number of years.

Dealing with my Personal Life was another matter and for this I joined “Mentoring for Free”, here my thinking patterns have changed and now I have change from a mind set of “its not what you think to Its how you think”. It has taught me that anything the brain can think about can be achieved by following the Laws of Nature and simple 13 well defined steps.

These steps are clearly explained in a book written by Napoleon Hill after a 25 year study of more than 500 Entrepreneurs in the United Sates under the guidance of Andrew Carnegie. No one step can be ignored and each step must be carefully followed and the procedure adhered too. The Book is “Think and Grow Rich”

I am now completing my fourth reading of “Think and Grow Rich”, have learnt many things about myself image, relationships with other people and the characteristics of my personality via the Personality Colours.

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As my journey continues and I continue to read the book again I will post my Lesson Plans, also I will select additional Lesson Plans from members of the group on the Weekly Chapter and post them. It is hoped that the reading of the Posts will encourage those who are struggling, in their lives or businesses, to take action and change their lives. There is a quote from the great Jim Rohn, “To achieve more you must be come more”.